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Restaurant Equipment Paradise, Inc.
Located at: 465 Park Ave East Hartford, CT 06108
Restaurant Equipment Paradise has been in existence since 1998. The owners have owned restaurants and catering businesses for many years and understand the restaurant industry thoroughly. With a large 35,000 Sq Ft Showroom we stock a variety of New Commercial Kitchen Equipment and Used Restaurant Equipment and Supplies. Restaurant Equipment Paradise has a collection of experienced restaurant equipment professionals. Our Staff has over 60 combined years in the industry and uses that knowledge along with experience to provide the best service for our customers.
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Check out our Staff Members below!
Ken Swerdlick - Owner and President
Founding Member of Cooking Up Better Lives Foundation
Dealer Committee Head of Equipment for Excell Marketing Buying Group
Ken Swerdlick uses his first hand
knowledge of operating multiple restaurants as a chef/owner, as well as building
contracting, to consult his clients from conception to completion. He
designs kitchens that are efficient to the user as well as economical
for the owner. Ken’s 20+ years experience in all aspects of buying &
selling commercial restaurant equipment has helped Restaurant Equipment Paradise to grow and
become a business that you can truly rely for all aspects of your projects. Ken is proud of the company he has built and overseen, that has so many returning customers and happy staff members. He is also an extremely proud father of his hockey loving/playing son and his talented singer-songwriting daughter, both who are now in college. When not working, Ken proudly roots for the Cal Bears of UC Berkeley (his son's college) and the MTSU Blue Raiders (his daughter's college)... as well as the New England Patriots!
Jen Swerdlick - Co-Owner
Founding Member of Cooking Up Better Lives Foundation
Jennifer Swerdlick loves working with her customers that have been faithful since the creation and enjoys meeting new restaurant owners to share some advice. She can help you choose the best selection of small equipment and smallwares to outfit your dining room and tabletops as well as furniture since she has created many restaurants of her own. Jen & Ken created the company name with the word “ Paradise ” because they found it to be paradise when they found good used equipment that saved them money. They took over that same warehouse that sold them the used items and expanded to make it better. Over a decade of dedicated service to customers, she is proud to be able to offer everything from hoods to walk ins both new and used. Jen is a hard working mother of two and says that managing her kids’ schedules is more challenging than choosing china, glass & flatware!
Scott Wallner - Lead Sales Representative
Scott started working in restaurants at a very early age and took a job at a restaurant supply company working in the warehouse. He was promoted to sales and now has been in the industry for well over 10 years, not only in sales, but as a food service representative as well. Scott is very knowledgeable about smallwares as well as equipment. Scott holds an associate’s degree in Travel and Tourism. Scott’s passions include skiing and fishing and he is the proud father of 2 girls.
Luis Colon - Bi-Lingual Sales Specialist
Luis has been in the foodservice industry for a while. Having the ability to speak Spanish, Luis has been able to reach out to the Spanish speaking communities all over Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and even in New York. Luis enjoys spending quality time with his family.
Rob Serafino - Operations Manager
Mary Arisco-Donovan - Sales Specialist - Smallwares
Mary has worked in the restaurant industry for years - bar tending and waitstaff training. Her passion has been cooking from an early age. She started cooking with her father (who is a chef) and fell in love with all the gadgets in the kitchen. So, naturally, smallwares is her department. She loves everything about it and can help you with all your needs from China to pots, to pans, to bar equipment, to anything Smallwares!
Mike "Snowy" Snopek - Executive Designer/Sales Specialist
Mike, originally from Binghampton, NY, has been in the food-service industry for over 30 years in the capacity of designing and sales expert. Mike achieved his degree in mechanical engineering. His past experience included working as a consultant and designed blue print machines, machine tools, and high speed equipment. He enjoys golfing, softball, and was inducted as a member of the bowling hall of fame in 2005. He's currently a member of the American Legion and Polish Falcons of America which he active in charity events.
Brad Smith - Purchasing
Brad, a native of Goodlettsville, TN, moved to New England in 2007 from Tyler, TX and has been in the food service industry with a focus in Purchasing. Having years of experience with a previous dealer, Brad assists the company in large equipment purchasing at the best possible buying power. Brad also is involved in inventory management, procurement, quote management, logistics, IT, and occasional sales assistance when needed. A former professional rodeo cowboy, Brad lives in Portland, CT and is a very proud father of his 8-yr old daughter. As a true Southerner, Brad continues to follow the rodeo, loves to fish, hunt, camp, and spit & chew the fat with new and old friends.
Natalia Gutierrez - Sales Support and Accounts Payable
Natalie has great experience in Purchasing and Customer Service. With an extensive background in customer relations she is able to provide complete customer service for any customer.
Kelly Ashlaw - Web Sales
Kelly is our e-Sales specialist. Her primary
responsibilities are to create new listings for our eBay and Amazon stores, to
sell our new and used restaurant equipment, as well as handle all customer
inquiries about those items and process all sales orders we receive from
customers via eBay, Amazon and our saveinparadise.com website. In her spare
time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her best
furbuddy--16 year old Lhasa Apso Sammi--that she’s had since he was 12 weeks
Shawn Beach - Warehouse Supervisor Shawn has been with REP since 2014 and runs the
daily operations of our warehouse. His primary responsibilities
include shipping, receiving and scheduling our delivery crew on various
deliveries. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and experiencing the
world. He has a big appetite for all different nationalities of
Michael Lawrence - CAD Department
Michael has been with REP since early 2016 and has been very
instrumental in 2D design and is currently implementing 3D designs. He
is currently in architecture school specializing in foodservice consulting and
design. Not only is he a current chef in the CT area, but he and his wife are
volunteers in Bible education and construction. Michael is also a certified food protection manager, instructor, and Proctor for ServSafe.